Portsmouth boxers take to the ring to boost forces charity

Olivia Carter cuts the ribbon to officially open the community hub with Mayor of Havant Cllr Mrs Elaine Shimbart and Alan Mak MP. Olivia from Front Lawn Academy Primary won a competition to be the official ribbon cutter
Picture: Vernon Nash (180053-004)

Leigh Park sports hub’s £1.6m revamp is a ‘huge boost’ for the area

Have your say

BOXERS in Portsmouth laced up their gloves for a worthy cause.

Fighters from the Euro Boxing Council went head to head with each other at The Pyramids Centre, in Southsea.

A percentage of ticket sales from the bouts went to armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

A total of £1,200 was raised.

Boxing companies from across the country also took part.

Euro Boxing Council, run by former professional boxer Paul Dyer, 42, has already raised thousands of pounds for charity.

An evening of matches in April at The Pyramids Centre raised £4,000 for Cancer Research UK. The boxing group, which is made up of boxers aged 18 to 35, has held 10 shows, all for charity.

Mr Dyer, of Portchester, said: ‘I’m delighted with the amount of money raised from the latest event.

‘More than 500 people turned up so it made for a really good evening. The atmosphere was great. I’m passionate about supporting Help for Heroes because it’s a good cause.’

Another charity boxing event will be held at The Pyramids Centre in December. Mr Dyer is looking for people to compete. Contact 07786 510184.